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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Military historian John H. Morrow wins $100,000 award This June 14, 2019 photo released by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library shows military historian and educator John H. Morrow Jr., who has received Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for lifetime achievement. (Brad Guidera/Pritzker Military Museum & Library via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2019 9:35 am PDT NEW YORK — Military historian and educator John H. Morrow Jr. has received a $100,000 prize from a leading military museum.Morrow was given the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for lifetime achievement, an honour previously bestowed to Rick Atkinson and James M. McPherson among others. In a statement released Tuesday through the Chicago-based museum, Morrow called the award “the ultimate affirmation” of his career.Morrow, 75, has written or co-written several books on World War I, including “The Great War: An Imperial History,” ”The Great War in the Air” and “German Airpower in World War I.” He also chairs the history department at the University of Georgia.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Reports of leaders deal on drilling delay ridiculous

first_imgTurkish Cypriot press reports that President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have pledged a moratorium of hydrocarbons-related activity until July 31st are not only false but verge on the ridiculous, deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said on Wednesday.He was referring to a report by Turkish daily Milliyet, which cited unnamed sources claiming that the two sides pledged to UN special envoy Espen Barth Eide to refrain from any moves regarding Cyprus’ natural gas until end July.Until then, the paper said, Anastasiades committed to not starting a new exploratory drill until then, while the Turkish Cypriot leader promised that the seismographic vessel Barbaros will not enter the blocks licensed by the Republic of Cyprus for exploratory drilling.Akinci, the report said, broached the issue at the negotiating table, warning Anastasiades that “the Greek Cypriot side’s activity in the Eastern Mediterranean will cause tension”, at which point Eide’s intervention triggered the deal.“Claims by the Turkish newspaper Milliyet of a supposed deal, mediated by the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Adviser for Cyprus, to delay Total’s drilling schedule by 12 days in July, in exchange, no less, for the Barbaros not illegally entering the Cypriot exclusive economic zone are not only false, they verge on the ridiculous,” Papadopoulos said in a statement.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Patients call for more health spending

first_imgThe federation of patient associations called on the state on Friday to increase health spending so that public hospitals could cope with the rising needs.The federation said the state should invest more in human resources and equipment, and put the needs of patients above everything else.“For many years, health spending was not only reduced in relation to the real needs of public health, but the already limited resources were wasted,” the federation said.Those resources had not been focused on the real needs of public health and the improvement of the quality of patient care, “putting public hospitals in critical condition, and making them unable to respond to the citizens’ increased needs.”The federation highlighted the approval of legislation to implement a national health scheme that puts public facilities in a course of reform, having as priorities universal and equal access, modernisation, but also tackling corruption and wastefulness.The statement followed EU data released on Tuesday showing that Cyprus ranked last in government expenditure on health in 2015.When it came to health, Cyprus’ government spending stood at 2.6 per cent of GDP, last in the EU, and less than half the bloc’s average of 7.2 per cent of its GDP.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Man wanted in connection with burglary and robbery

first_imgPolice are looking for Constantinos Balabanides, 35, from Russia, in connection with two cases of burglary and robbery on July 7 and August 28, 2017, in Paphos.In a statement on Friday, police asked anyone with information that may help find him to contact the Peyia police station on 26806360, their nearest police station, or the citizens’ hotline on 1460.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoMacy'sYou Will Not Believe Macy’s Deals for TuesdayMacy’sUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

CyTA board to appear in court over employee spat

first_imgThe entire board of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) is to appear in Larnaca district court on November 6 to answer charges of disobeying a previous court decision to reinstate an employee who was earlier deemed to have been wrongly fired.In late July of this year, the administrative court had ruled that the female employee in question had been wrongly terminated by CyTA in 2013. As such, her firing was deemed null and void and she was expected to resume her duties with the state-run telecoms company.Apparently CyTA has not complied with the court order, not paying the employee a salary from the date of the court order, and also failing to reimburse her back-pay since August 2013, when she was sacked.Following the administrative court’s decision in her favour, the employee has meanwhile been showing up at her workplace, but she has not been assigned any duties and, according to reports, spends the entire working day at the canteen.Seeking redress, the employee has filed a private criminal prosecution against CyTA and its board of directors. If found guilty, CyTA board members are liable to fines of up €15,000 and/or prison sentences of up to six months.According to daily Phileleftheros, prior to the employee filing the private prosecution, and in the wake of the administrative court’s decision to have her reinstated, CyTA’s board decided to appeal that decision, reportedly resolving not to reinstate the woman until the appeals process has been completed – something that could take years.But confounding the matter, a CyTA spokesperson has told the Cyprus Mail that the company’s board of directors have in fact “taken a decision to comply with the court ruling, they are in the process of figuring out procedurally how to comply.”Also, the spokesperson could not confirm whether the employee in question was being paid or not, nor whether CyTA has to date actually filed an appeal to the administrative court ruling or intends to do so.In a further twist, shortly before the administrative court’s decision in July, the employee filed a complaint with the ombudswoman alleging that she was sexually harassed by a superior at CyTA.The woman was fired due to unjustified absence from work for a period of over 30 working days.However in its subsequent ruling, the court found that CyTA’s calculations regarding the duration of unjustified absence were wrong, pointing out that working days and calendar days are not the same. This was the crux of the matter, the court said.Asked about this on Tuesday, CyTA was unable to state for which period exactly the woman had applied for leave.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus plays a key role in blockchain progress

first_imgNiki NikolaouNiki Nikolaou, Business Director at leading Limassol based agency Contentworks, looks at how Blockchain technology is shaping the island of Cyprus.Blockchain technology was introduced in 2008, by Satoshi Nakamoto, an anonymous developer who created the technology as the accounting basis for Bitcoin. Of course, the technology has come a long way over the past decade, proving itself to be an effective way for individual, businesses and even governments to carry out transactions. Created as a digital, decentralised and immutable public ledger of transactions, the greatest advantage that blockchain offers is the ability to customise it to record transactions and the transparency it affords.Some of the key industries that are effectively applying this include healthcare, technology and even real estate. Blockchain appears promising, with potential applications for almost every sphere of life.Cyprus is becoming a blockchain hubGiven its strategic geographical location, Cyprus has long been a financial hub for Europe, in which the country’s tax system, with the absence of double taxation, has had a role to play. However, the country fell victim to a debt crisis in 2013 and a ‘hair cut’ to bank accounts, which impacted its status as a key destination for the financial sector. What this crisis did was pave the way for the easy acceptance of new technologies, including blockchain and cryptocurrency. This was the time when people were looking for alternative ways to store their funds. It was also a time for entrepreneurs to step up to the table.With a now stable economy, positive government stance on digital currency and infrastructure for the growth of talent in this arena, Cyprus is possibly the best place for blockchain projects. Not only does the University of Nicosia offer world class courses in blockchain and cryptocurrencies, it hosts student clubs as well. And, the university accepts payment in both digital and fiat currencies. Cyprus International Institute of Management also regularly hosts lectures and seminars on blockchain-based topics.Today, the country is a haven for pioneering blockchain startups, aided by its decentralised economy. Blockchain has also proven incredibly effective as a means of fundraising for deserving technology projects and Cyprus has played a key role in this aspect of blockchain as well. One of the key services that such startups require is publicity for their project and being able to reach out to the right audiences for investment. Contentworks is an agency with a proven track record for providing winning content marketing solutions for financial, fintech and blockchain brands.Key Marketing ServicesIn 2017 alone, Contentworks helped market some of the most successful ICOs, helping to raise over US$40 million in funds. Contentworks offers customised marketing services with high-quality, unique and innovative content and social media campaigns focused on building brand identity and awareness, and improving traffic and acquisitions, using each business’ unique KPIs to create targeted marketing solutions. Niki states “We are working with known global brands looking to take their offering to the next level with blockchain. Many ICOs have a great product but they don’t know how to leverage it. That’s where we come in. Our creative videos, whitepapers, eBooks and pitch decks have helped ICOs to secure funding and gather social media traction.”The highly skilled team at Contentworks has over 50 years of combined experience in content marketing for the finance, technology and lifestyle segments. They understand that in an increasingly digital-savvy world, being able to engage your target audience requires the best online content, from whitepapers to eBooks and social media posts to viral-worthy yet informative videos. Headquartered in Limassol, Cyprus, the company is strategically placed to play a key role in the country’s growing recognition as a blockchain hub.In fact, Cyprus will play host to some key events related to the cryptocurrency and blockchain arena, including summits and expos. Contentworks will also be part of these major events and looks forward to attending the iFX EXPO International 2018, to be held on May 22-24, 2018 in Limassol. At this event, the company will also have a presence on the esteemed marketing panel discussing social media management and advertising amid tougher industry regulations.To learn more about Contentworks or to discuss your blockchain project with the team, please visit You May LikeApartments | Search AdsFind New Apartments in California (That Are Cheaper than Ever)Apartments | Search AdsUndoVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoCollegeBuzzoTop 11 Public Colleges & Universities in AmericaCollegeBuzzoUndo British woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

What the new foreclosure bills mean

first_imgThe package of bills passed by parliament on Sunday makes it easier for financial institutions to remove bad loans from their balance sheets, expedites foreclosure proceedings, while also expanding the number of borrowers eligible for insolvency schemes.Banks will now be able to break up a mortgage into various parts. Previously, where a bank held property as collateral that covered multiple loans – for instance one housing and one consumer loan – they were unable to split the two.Now, if a bank wants to sell off the consumer loan only, it can contact the land registry and inform it that such-and-such amount concerns the consumer loan and the remaining amount concerns the housing loan. This will then allow the financial institution to sell the loan to a third party along with its collateral.In addition, the time period in which notices are sent out for immediate repayment of outstanding loans is curtailed; and the notices will be sent by registered post.Up until now, a provision in the legislation had allowed a borrower who felt wronged to take recourse to a court within 30 days of receipt of a final notice from the bank. This recourse would stop foreclosure proceedings in their tracks. The provision has now been deleted, so that foreclosure proceedings may only be halted if a court order has already been issued.The new laws also introduce e-auctions.Regarding collateral, banks had been unable to sell off loans on their books because of issues with the land registry. Previously, when a bank wished to transfer/sell a loan they had to visit the land registry in order to be able to transfer the mortgages one by one.Now, with the changes to the law, all the benefits and obligations of the borrower are likewise transferred, so that the borrower whose loan has been transferred can still make use of the insolvency framework.If the bank has initiated legal action against the borrower, then the transfer/sale of a loan to the buyer does not change anything – the same procedures continue to apply (legal action and so forth).Moreover, buyers of loans will have full access to all documentation pertaining to a loan in order to be able to properly assess their prospective purchase.The bills also introduce offsetting where a loan is to be sold. For example, where a customer has €100 in loans and €10 in deposits, prior to the sale of the loan the bank may offset the two against each other and sell the net (€90) to the buyer.That does not require the borrower’s consent; the bank merely has an obligation to notify the affected borrower, letting them know that from now on they will be dealing exclusively with the buyer of the loan.A major change relates to the securitisation of loans. Rather than selling a loan to a third party, a bank may alternatively de-recognise a loan – remove a financial asset or liability from its balance sheet – in two stages.First, the bank establishes a special-purpose vehicle (SPV). It transfers to the SPV loans (either performing or non-performing), and this company later issues shares or bonds in order to raise capital. The shares or bonds, backstopped by the loans, are sold to investors. In this case, good and bad loans may be bundled together in the bonds/shares.Meantime the insolvency framework has been tweaked so that more borrowers are now eligible. The framework concerns those borrowers whose loans are viable, that is, a where a debt restructuring scheme is in place.Eligible for insolvency schemes are borrowers with a house with a market value of up to €350,000 – up from €300,000 previously.This applies to non-consensual schemes – schemes that are imposed on banks.Another change applies to individuals and companies alike: borrowers who have received state assistance, but do not service their loan for three months, are no longer protected by insolvency proceedings.Where the insolvency process cannot proceed, then the ‘Estia’ scheme – which the government will soon unveil – kicks in. You May Likemediazaps.comSave up to $1000 in your next Travel with these Appsmediazaps.comUndoWomanitely10 Crucial Back to College TipsWomanitelyUndoMusicoholicsArtists Share Surprising Thoughts About Their Biggest Hit SongMusicoholicsUndo Mayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Teachers reject new government proposal Update 2

first_imgTeacher unions on Friday rejected a government compromise proposal that left room for controversial cabinet decisions, which had triggered a row, to be amended, as Education Minister Costas Hambiaouris appealed for the rhetoric to be toned down and intensified talks to resolve the problems.According to the Cyprus News Agency, the three unions rejected the proposal during a joint meeting of the House education and labour committees.The unions said there was no question of discussion as long as the government decisions were in place.On Thursday, President Nicos Anastasiades said he was prepared to amend a July 4 decision that irked teachers and led to protests, provided it was warranted, amid an intensive dialogue based on a compromise proposal tabled on August 23 that had already been rejected by the teachers.Following its rejection, the August 23 proposals were withdrawn and the government implemented the ones it had taken the previous month.The spat has threatened to disrupt the smooth opening and operation of schools.Speaking after the session, Hambiaouris said there was a need to tone down the rhetoric “and enter an intensive dialogue to enable schools to open under the best conditions.The minister said the way out was the proposal tabled by the president on Wednesday “which I think all sides must adopt.”He said it contained very positive elements that could resolve differences and urged unions to have second thoughts.The unions did not make any statements after the meeting.During the meeting, House President Demetris Syllouris expelled the deputy chairman of the secondary education teachers’ union, Oelmek, after he posted an offensive comment about the auditor-general on his Facebook page.Pantelis Nicolaides, known for his militant manner, posted that the auditor was talking “nonsense” and “bullshit.”“Auditor-general talking nonsense in parliament now. Positions devoid of any scientific backing. Bullshit.”Following his expulsion, the educator removed the two offensive words.The crux of the matter are the July 4 cabinet decisions, which include hiring about half the teachers needed according to the pupil numbers.The cabinet decided to hire some 160 teachers while the other positions will be covered by reducing the number of exemptions teachers and union brass used to get.For instance, form teachers had their ‘free’ periods cut to one from two, and there was also a reduction in teaching periods dropped according to years of service.Under the current system, primary school teachers have their periods cut by two to 27 after 15 years, and to 25 after 21 years.They also provided that union officials would be obliged to teach and conduct union work outside school hours.On August 23, following three hours of consultation with the unions, the government submitted an improved proposal providing that two officials from each of the three unions would carry on being completely exempt from teaching.The proposals still included a reduction in the teaching exemption hours for a form teacher from two to one.At the same time, absence record-keeping would be undertaken by the school administrations.The reduction of teaching periods according to years of service also remained.The lost period would be compensated by an incremental pay rise.An early retirement scheme was also proposed for teachers in secondary education who are 60 and above and primary school educators who are 58 and above. Their incentive would be to keep a 12 per cent penalty for early retirees that is in place at the moment. You May LikeDailyArmyParents Really Did Text These to Their Kids – Try Not to LaughDailyArmyUndovortexpure.comWhat chemicals are lurking in your tap water?vortexpure.comUndoXoRead7 Best Foods to Cure Low Blood Pressure Naturally!XoReadUndo State Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

NGO aims for zero deaths during holiday period

first_imgBy Annette ChrysostomouFROM 2010 to 2014, a total of 271 people were killed in road accidents, of which 28 per cent were under 25 years old, non-profit organisation Reaction announced at a press conference on Wednesday, adding that the death toll reached 56 this year, 11 more than in 2014.The conference, titled ‘Vision zero for Christmas’, aimed to raise awareness to maintain zero road deaths in the next two weeks. “Between now and January 7, we will do everything possible not to have any fatal road collisions,” chairman of the organisation Marios Stavrou said.“On December 29 and 30, we will visit persons who were injured in road collisions in the Limassol and Nicosia general hospitals while on January 15 the fifth national road safety meeting will be held, where government, semi-government and private organisations will discuss and evaluate the results of 2015 and will design parallel actions and partnerships for 2016 in the field of road safety,” Stavrou announced.He said that from 2010 to 2014, 2,572 were seriously injured in road accidents. Most accidents (37 per cent) occurred on Fridays and Sundays.Stavrou added that the number of police officers should be increased and the House of Representatives needs to support all efforts to combat the problem.“The state has tens of millions of revenue annually from extrajudicial violations of the highway code, and if a small proportion of this was taken for road safety, to support the police and improve the road network the problem would be solved.”Education minister Costas Kadis said education is necessary beyond roadside checks and safe roads, and for that reason the ministry is developing specialised health education programmes for both primary and secondary schools.Health minister Giorgos Pamborides added that one of the goals of his ministry is to reduce the response time of ambulances and has created a coordinated ambulance call centre composed of trained officers which operates in Nicosia and Famagusta and which will soon operate islandwide.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Panelists at Cyprus Summit share their views on regional issues

first_imgThe Cyprus News Digest, in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail brings you an in-depth analysis of some of the latest developments in local and international – in audio form.Presented by Rosie CharalambousOur guests this week were all panelists at the recent Economist ‘Cyprus Summit’ on hydrocarbons, regional stability and financial policy: the US Ambassador to Nicosia, Cyprus’ Foreign Minister, the Energy Minister, a high ranking official from ExxonMobil and Cyprus’ Finance Minister.For more, visit: May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoComparisons.orgCalifornia Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read ThisComparisons.orgUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more